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Nine New Fish Advisory Bodies in Alabama

ALABAMA, US - Concern about protecting the public from possible exposure to mercury from eating fish led tothe issuance of nine new fish consumption advisories for bodies of water in Alabama.

The new conditions affect the counties of Barbour, Covington, Escambia, Greene, Russell and Shelby. Advisories for three other bodies of water also were modified.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, all advisories previously issued using Food and Drug Administration guidelines remain in effect for 2009. The quality of water, based upon the levels of contaminants in fish from the waters in Alabama, generally continues improvements made in recent years.

The Alabama Department of Public Health annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

ADEM collected samples of specific fish species from various bodies of water throughout the state during the fall of 2008. ADPH assessed the analytical results to determine whether any of the tested contaminants in the fish could give rise to potential human health effects.

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